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Friday, December 16, 2011

MyBlogSpark-Seventh Generation "Nature Makes Perfect Scents" Sweepstakes

  • Seventh Generation dish liquid contains only essential oils and botanical extracts, and delivers real cleaning power. Your tableware will be left fresh and ready to serve your next home cooked meal.
  • With authentic ingredients like lavender from the fields of Drome in the foothills of the Alps, clementines from sunny Calabria and lemons from the soils of Sicily, Seventh Generation natural dish liquid is free of unnecessary synthetic colors or chemically engineered scents.
  • Enter the "Nature Makes Perfect Scents" sweepstakes at and you can have the chance to take a trip for two to visit one of the sourcing sites of Seventh Generation natural dish liquid fragrance ingredients. Visit to learn more about each scent´s origin.

What you will win: 
  • (4) bottles of Seventh Generation natural dish liquid varieties in Free & Clear, Lavender Floral & Mint, Fresh Citrus & Ginger, and Lemongrass & Clementine Zest scents
  • Premium 3 Qt. 12" x 9" Baking Dish from Le Creuset
  • (2) Twist© loofah sponges and (2) Twist© scour pads made from 100% post-recycled materials
  • Set of 3 organic cotton dish towels

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Contest is open to US residents and ends 12/23/11 GOOD LUCK

**Disclosure: The Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid prize pack, product and information have been provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.**

A Time for Giving and Receiving

A Time for Giving and Receiving
It is always nice to receive; however, it is even better to give. This semester when you rent your textbooks from a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Operation Smile. So, this is not only your opportunity to give, but to receive as well. In fact, you will be getting more than just savings when you rent. You will also receive convenience and a stress free experience.
Campus Book Rentals has been assisting student with all their textbook needs since 2007. They have created a system that makes finding and renting textbooks an easy, fast and an overall enjoyable experience, which if you are familiar with buying your books at the store than you know this is a vast improvement. Since their website is so easy to navigate you can find all the books you need with just a few clicks of the mouse. Once you have paid for your rented books they will be shipped to your doorstep for free. You can then use the books as you wish, including highlighting and writing in the margins. When you are finished with your books you simply ship them back for free. This hassle free experience is also accompanied by flexible rental dates and a thirty day trial period on all books.
Campus Book Rentals has taken all the guessing out of textbook buying, or rather renting. It is simple, rent your books for next semester to save yourself money, and give a child across the globe the chance to smile for the first time. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Q-Tips Fun Ideas

There is never a time in my house that you won't find a package of Q-Tips tucked in the bathroom closet.  I love how versatile they are!  When Dexter was really little I used them to clean out his little tiny fat rolls as well as his outer ears.  I also like to use them to clean out the dog's ears and clean the grout in the shower. I also love giving a few to Dexter to use with his paints because they are perfect for little hands and clean up easily because you can toss them right in the trash when finished.  There are so many awesome uses from cleaning to crafts.  Look at this cute video to see more ideas:

Q-Tips sent me some Precision Tip Q-Tips and I love them!  They are much smaller which I found very useful when cleaning up makeup smudges.  There is nothing I hate more than to get a little bit of mascara on my lid after I applied my eyeshadow.  The Precision tips took care of the clean up without the need for me to reapply my eyeshadow!  AWESOME!  I also used the Precision Tips to help me dust my keyboard!  It was so efficient and easy.

What do you like to do with your Q-Tips?  Enter your tips by the end of the day today on  for your chance to win a $100 gift card.

**Q-Tips sent me some Q-Tips and a gift card in exchange for this post**

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Baby Bullet makes a week's worth of organic baby food for less than $3.00

This holiday season 2011 from the creators of the world’s most popular personal blender - The Original Magic Bullet ® - comes The Original Baby Bullet! This safe, non-toxic and BPA-free countertop magician is the perfect gift for new moms, on-the-go moms and even Dads too!  With The Original Baby Bulletparents can prepare, blend and store an entire week’s worth of nutrient-rich, preservative-free, organic baby food - in less than five minutes!  

If you are introducing new foods to your baby this holiday season try these simple recipes!  They are delicious, nutritious and sure to be a hit with even the most finicky eater.  Now creating delicious festive holiday inspired dishes for your little one will save you money and take no time at all!  Also, check out other great recipes and parenting tips at

Apple Walnut Puree- A delicious holiday treat
·         2 Apples, cored & peeled (Pink Lady, Fuji or Gala are all good choices)
·         1/4 Cup Walnuts, shelled & halved
·         1/8 Tsp Cinnamon
  1. Place apples and walnuts in the Turbo Steamer.
  2. Cook until apples are fork tender.
  3. Place apples, walnuts, cinnamon and 3 tbsp of the water to The Baby Bullet   and puree until smooth.
  4. Cool and serve.

One Pot Christmas Dinner- Feast for your little king
8 months+
            ·         1 cup of cubed Turkey - uncooked (using cooked is fine as well)
·         1/2 cup peeled and cubed winter squash
·         1/2 cup peeled and cubed white potato
·         1/2 cup peeled and cubed sweet potato
·         1/2 cup peas or green beans 
·         1 small handful of fresh or frozen cranberries
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan
  2. Add 2 cups of water
  3. Bring to a gentle boil and then turn heat to low
  4. Simmer on low for 20 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink and veggies may be easily pierced with a fork.
  5. Transfer the cooked One Pot Christmas Dinner to the Baby Bullet and puree until you achieve the desired consistency.
  6. Viola!

Yummy Sweet Potato Pie- Delicious and nutritious  
·         2 ounces of sweet potato cubed.
·         4 tbsp oat meal or rice cereal
·         2 tbsp water
·         Yogurt (optional)
  1. Steam sweet potato in the Turbo Steamer.
  2. Combine oat meal or rice cereal and water in the  Baby Bullet and Puree until you achieve your desired consistency.
  3. Mix in yogurt for babies over 8 months.
  4. Enjoy!

The Perfect Gift!  The Original Baby Bullet, which boasts a warm, cheerful design aesthetic, is much more than a blender - it’s a 22-piece comprehensive baby food making system designed to make mom’s life easier while ensuring baby begins life eating the healthiest, most nutrient-rich all-natural foods.  Jarred baby food is much more expensive than homemade food and typically contains unhealthy sugars, preservatives and fillers (even when it’s labeled organic).   With The Original Baby Bullet™, moms are in full control of every ingredient that goes into their baby’s food.  Fresh is always best!

Purchase The Original Baby Bullet™ 22-piece system for $59.97 at Bed Bath and Beyond, Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Babies R Us and other fine realtors.

Pearl Harbor Day-THANK a Service Man or Woman

This is a picture of my Grandpa with Dexter back in October 2008; two months before he passed away.  This picture always makes me smile because I was so happy that my Grandpa Tony was able to meet his first great grandson.  He would have loved to see how funny and thoughtful he has turned out.  My grandpa was an amazing man, actually the BEST man.  He was really funny, thoughtful, kind and so generous.  The world would be so much better if there were more men like him in it.

Grandpa Tony served his country in the US Coast Guard on the USS Kirkpatrick During WWII.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't somehow think about my Grandpa.  He did, after all, teach me how to catch a fish, drive a riding lawnmower and drink coffee with my pinkie extended.  He could throw down a cribbage match at a moment's notice and sing some awesome old school country on his guitar.  Whenever I hear "Oh My Darling" I will forever think of him.

Rest in Peace Grandpa for you are in a better place especially now that Grandma just joined you in heaven.  I love and miss you everyday.  I know you are watching down on us and shining your greatness down on our family.  I wish you could have met Oliver Thomas, who I proudly named after you!  All my love, all the time.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Is your Artificial Tree a Green Option?

*Did you know that 80+% of Artificial Christmas trees contain lead and PVC that are not only poisonous but also carcinogenic?  They are especially toxic to small children and pets.

*Did you also know that fake trees cannot be recycled and will not decompose in a landfill?

I don't know about you but I don't think these risks are worth it to me.  Go out the woods, find a nice pine tree and chop it down with your family.  You are making wonderful memories and helping the planet at the same time.

What kind of tree do you decorate?
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